Monday, 18 June 2018

LSARRC News 12th June 2018

LSARRC put in a great team performance at the Welsh Castles relay, and a parkrun record for Susan Samme at Blackpool.
LSARCC took a full team of 20, plus 2 reserves, to Wales for the 36th Welsh Castles Relay weekend. The team this year included 5 ‘Castles’ debutants who all has a fantastic weekend. The challenge, as ever, was to cover the 208 or so miles from Caernarfon to Cardiff as quickly as possible. This year the weather was gloriously sunny throughout, which was great news for the spectators but meant for some tough running conditions for the athletes.

The best result for LSARRC came from Steve Hargreaves who finished the 10.6 miles of stage 13 to Builth Wells in 1:00:31 for 3rd place. His time would have won the stage by over 2 minutes last year. Joe Greenwood also ran a great race on the challenging stage 7, from Dolgellau to Dinas Mawddwy, to finish in 9th place.

Other notable performances across the weekend came from Mel Koth who was amazing over the tough,  and mostly unsupportable, 12.6 miles of the new stage 16 route from Brecon, and from Ross McKelvie, on his maiden Welsh Castles Relay adventure, who finished 33rd on stage 20 in Cardiff, despite severely spraining his ankle at the halfway point.

The team’s overall time to Cardiff of 26 hours 26 minutes and 4 seconds was good enough for LSARRC to finish 40th out of 67 teams in the overall competition and 33rd of 46 teams in the Open category. In what is a very competitive event that includes some top running clubs, this represents a good result for Lytham and all the team should be very proud of their hard efforts.

The full LSARRC team for 2018 was made up of:
Graham Webster, Terry Hellings, Tom Howarth, Als Everest, Dave Dunn, Chris Bowker, Joe Greenwood, Nigel Thompson, Sue Hawitt, Emily Hargreaves, Andy Draper, Mark Hughes, Steve Hargreaves, Paul Veevers, Ian Tate, Mel Koth, Kirsten Burnett, Adrian Sargent, Richard Storey, Ross McKelvie,

Also at the weekend Susan Samme broke the V55 record sat Stanley Park parkrun with 20:18.

Last weekend Pamela Hardman & Julia Rolfe completed the Edenfield Fell Race:  Distance: 10.3km / 6.4m.  Climb: 477m / 1565ft.  Julia finished the event in 1.19.16, and Pam 1.25.35.  The sun was shining and a nice friendly atmosphere. Afterwards drinks /sandwiches/cakes to purchase in the clubhouse.  It would make a great interclub fell race.

BAE Systems site to site walk or run was held on Friday 8th June all money raised was for BLESMA. You could either run or walk Warton to Samlesbury or vice versa. Majority of the participants are walkers and could also bring their dogs. Pamela Hardman ran the distance of 17 miles in 2hr 45, 3rd finisher and 1st lady (runners only) beating her time from last year. Conditions were warm but nice views along the River Ribble.

On 6th June Russ Chew did 3k meeting at Joe Moran event and gained the silver medal for V55.  Rebecca Willetts completed the Windermere Great North Swim.  She was disappointed with her time however she lost time due to difficult conditions when exiting/entering the lake due to the rocky bed.

Parkrun news
At the Leamington parkrun Roy Stevens ran the course in 26:02.  At the Princes parkrun in Liverpool Felicity Wolohan ran 20:41 and finished 2nd female.  At the Lytham parkrun Mark Selby was first home for the club in 20:53 coming 14th, followed by Darran Ames, John Bertenshawe and Morgan Pritchard, all finishing consecutively.  It was a day to gain a personal best for Elizabeth Canavan and Jennifer Hill was the second female finisher.

Full Results:  Mark Selby 20:53 (14th), Darran Ames 20:56 (15th), John Bertenshawe 21:00 (16th), Morgan Pritchard 21:06 (17th), James Buckley 21:32 (21st), Jennifer Hill 21:51 (22nd), Kev Murray 22:26 (31st), Elizabth Canavan 27:24 (95th), Leoma Gill 28:12 (118th), Julie Wiseman 28:20 (121st), Jacqui Murray 29:02 (126th), Pamela Binns 29:45 (140th), Laura Byrne 29:51 (141st), Graham Young 31:12 (160th), Rosa Gill 31:49 (169th), Sarah Bagshaw 33:53 (185th), Ruth Bye 41:54 (224th), and Jeremy McCandless 44:31.

Heidi Haigh completed Blackpool parkrun in 24:26.

A number of juniors completed the junior parkrun on Sunday at Parkview. 4 Lytham runners completed the course, Morgan Pritchard was 1st overall with a time of 7:28, a second of equalling his pb.  Jayden Richardson was second home for the club in 7:37 which was a new personal best time.  Clemmie Tierney ran just under 9 minutes and Jack Greaves completed the course in 10:20.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

LSARRC News 5th June 2018

A busy Sunday for LSARRC members, competing in various disciplines around the North West.  Barbara Holmes was second in her age group at the Chester Triathlon and Ian Tate impressed at the Bolton Half Marathon.

Melanie Koth and Barbara Holmes competed on Sunday 3rd June at the Deva Triathlon in Chester in the Olympic Distance (1500m open water swim, 40k bike and 10k run).  The Deva Triathlon is an Olympic distance triathlon held in the centre of the historic City of Chester.   It is currently in its 20th Year and is run by Chester Triathlon Club members. 

Transition took place in the fabulous Grosvenor Park, a fantastic Victorian Park.  The bike route was a single lap (2 laps for the middle distance) into Wales via Eccleston, Rossett and Borras and back into Chester via Alford and Boughton.  The run route incorporated running over the Old Dee Bridge as well as the suspension bridge, along the Groves and in the meadows with the finish being at the Bandstand, a truly City Centre race.

Melanie Koth said that the swim was in the river dee and we swam 800m upstream before we turned and swam 700m downstream. The water was quite cold. The bike was quite flat and took us around the English Cheshire area and some parts of wales. The run was a 3-lap course, but it was very hot indeed.

Melanie Koth finished: overall 599, ladies 144th, v45 16th
In a total time of 02:59:13

Barbara Holmes: overall 271, ladies 45th, v 55 2nd
In a total time of 2:31:04

Ian Tate of Lytham ran the Bolton Half Marathon on Sunday 3rd June 2018, in warm conditions.

One of the Toughest half marathons in the UK although suitable for all abilities with a generous 4-hour time limit, the route takes up Winter Hill and up and over Rivington Pike and back through Barrow Bridge Village to the Finish in Moss Bank Park.  The route was fully marked and supported; it is an out and back course with 50% country road and 50% trail.

Ian Tate ran the course superbly in 1.54.11 and was 10th overall and 1st v40.

Also, on Sunday, Rebecca Willetts and Mike Toft travelled to the Lake District and completed an open water swimming event at Ullswater.

The Ullswater Epic Lakes Swim is event 1 of the Epic Lakes Open Water Swim Series. It takes place from Jenkins Field, in Glenridding, Patterdale and it is a celebration of being British. You can choose either the 500m, the 1 mile or the 'Iron' 3.8k distances, depending upon your age and ability.

Rebecca Willetts opted for the 1-mile swim and finished in 34:30. Mike Toft swam 3.8km in 1:06:32.

Sue Hawitt
Susan Hawitt completed the Morecambe 10k Sunday morning finishing in 51:36 for 131st place out of 366.  A lovely flat course around Morecambe Promenade.

Jayden Richardson
 As usual, over the weekend several Lytham runners completed parkruns, locally and further a field.
At the Lytham Hall parkrun 20 Lytham members completed the course.  First home was Chris McCarthy in 4th place in 18:20, and second female and 10th overall was Joanna Goorney in 20:13.  Junior Jayden Richardson clocked an impressive 21:13 for his first Lytham Hall, 5K parkrun.

Full Results:  Chris McCarthy 19:20 (4th), Joanna Goorney 20:13 (10th), Ross McKelvie 20:39 (13th), Neil Bayntun-Roberts 20:54 (15th), Michelle Hook 20:55 (16th), Jayden Richardson 21:13 (18th), Neil Tate 21:14 (19th), Terry Hellings 21:23 (22nd), Morgan Pritchard 22:17 (35th), Eric Wrigley 23:26 (43rd), Stephen Tate 25:36 (69th), Greg Oulton 27:32 (90th), Kate Benett 29:02 (113rd), Laura Byrne 29:26 (118th), Kirsten Burnett 29:27 (119th), Ruth Bye 30:00 (128th), Karen Lanigan 30:10 (130th), Gillian Oliver 31:15 (139th), Michelle Sheridan 32:26 (146th) and Jeremy McCandless was the tail walker.

Graham Webster ran the Harcoury hill park run in 21.54secs on an undulating all grass 2 lap circuit. Coming 17th from 105 & 1st v65.

At the Preston parkrun Lorna Jayne Cragg finished the 3 lap, difficult course in 32:41.

Ian Tate ran the Pennington Flash parkrun in 21:26 for 12th overall.  At the Ormskirk parkrun saw Finlay Hughes and Mark Hughes running well in, 24:11 and 24:12, respectively.

Felicity Wolohan travelled to Keswick and ran the parkrun there in 21:27and James Buckley completed the Conwy parkrun.

Sunday saw several junior members complete the 2k pakrun in Lytham.  Eric Wrigley, a second under 8 minutes was first home for the club and 4th overall.  Oliver Thomson gained a new pb time of 8:34. Jack Greaves and Sophie Tate also completed the course.
Eric Wrigley

Thursday, 31 May 2018

LSARRC News 29th May 2018

Bronze medal for Graham Webster at the Vitality Masters Mile and a new club record for Susan Samme.

Terry Hellings and Graham Webster travelled to London to participate in the Vitality Masters Mile on Sunday 27th May.  The event for runners aged 35 or over has been organised in cooperation with the British master’s Athletics Federation, which is responsible for the encouragement and organisation of athletics for master’s athletes in the UK.

There was one race and results were ranked into five-year age groups for men and women, offering the opportunity for master’s athletes to challenge the best runners in the UK in their age group over the classic mile distance.

The one-mile course was a one lap circuit with approx. 250 masters taking part at 1pm in hot /humid conditions.  Graham Webster completed the mile in 5mins'59secs.a season best picking up a bronze medal for 3vet over 65.

On Wednensday evening at the Wesham Summer 10k Susan Samme ran exceptionally well to set a new club record of 42:46 FV55.  Michelle Sheridan ran a personal best of 65:15, with the support of Kirsten Burnett.  Andrew Draper was first home for the club, coming 11th in 35:39.  Alex Tate and Paul Veevers were 28th and 30th respectively.
Harrock Hill
Also, on Wednesday night, 5 members of LSARRC made the trip to Parbold for the first race this year in the Harrock Hill Fell Race Series.  With so little rain recently, the 5.2-mile course was bone dry - very unusual for this time of year.  Joanna Goorney was first back for the club in 45th place and 1st female.  Ross McKelvie was 81st in 44:08, Terry Hellings was 102nd in 46:07, Julia was 197th and 2nd vet 55 in 57:02 and Greg Oulton was 199th in 57:56.

Melanie Koth and Greg Oulton ran the Catforth 5k, on Saturday evening.  With every entry Alan Taylor the organiser gave a pound towards the “Jacobs join” charity Ronald McDonald’s House Manchester. It was a very warm evening with quite some strong wind, with a field of over 80 runners.   The course was flat and fast and everyone who finished was rewarded with a goodie bag full of chocolates, a banana and a medal.  Every runner also received a pie and pint which was warmly welcomed.  Melanie Koth finished in 21:22, was 24th overall, 3rd lady and 1st V40.  Greg Oulton finished in 26:03 for 54th overall.  Neil Tate was 41st in 39:59.

Ross McKelvie ran the 315 5k in Lancaster on Saturday night in balmy conditions along the River Lune. With the leaders well out in front, McKelvie led a chase pack of Lancaster University runners through half way before pulling away in the third kilometre. Ben Francis of Lancaster University would come back and challenge again, but the determined Scotsman picked it up again over the last 600m to earn third place on the podium and finish in 18.19

Also, on Saturday 26th May 5 Lytham runners attended the Blackpool 10 miler.  The race took place along the coastline between Blackpool and Bispham. The course was quite undulating and very hot sunny conditions with quite strong head wind. There was great support from spectators and some impressive running from club members.

Full Results:  Alan Elstone 1:19 56th place, Sue Hawitt 1:28 97th place, Ruth Bye 1:46 192nd place, Sarah Bagshaw 1:59 236th place and Michelle Sheridan 2:00:27 239th place.

Kevin Murray and  Jacqui Murray ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday. Kev Murray got a half marathon pb 1.40.17, and Jacqui Murray ran 2.05.25 in cold cloudy conditions with a great flat course from the Edinburgh University to the town of Musselburgh.

As usual several Lytham members completed parkruns around the country.

At the Lytham Hall Park parkrun on Saturday 26th May 16 Lytham members completed the course.  First home for Lytham was Neil Tate in 19:18 for 4th place followed by Gill Draper 30mseconds later in 19:48, for 8th position overall and 2nd female spot with a new personal best time.  Pamela Hardman also gained a new personal best time, running the 5k course in 25:27.

Full Results: Neil Tate 19:18 (4th), Gill Draper 19:48 (8th), Darran Ames 21:54 (15th), James Buckley 21:58 (17th), Mark Hughes 22:49 (28th), Kev Murray 23:22 (35th), Jennifer Hill 23:58 (41st overall, 4th lady), Pamela Hardman 25:27 (74th), Richard Harry Storey 25:28 (75th), Stephen Tate 25:48 (82nd), Jason Sheridan 25:49 (83rd), Eric Wrigley 26:33 (94th), Jacqui Murray 28:09 (119th), Kate Benett 29:56 (143rd), Laura Byrne 30:50 (155th), and Julie Wiseman 35:10 (187th).

Further afield at the Pennington Flash parkrun Ian Tate completed the course in 21:38 for 20th position.  Paul Veevers was 4th at the Blackpool parkrun, he managed the course in 18:35.  At the Clitheroe Castle parkrun John Graeme Bertenshaw was 18th in 22:13.

Over the weekend Heidi Haigh completed an Ironman challenge in Lanzarote in 15 hours 4 seconds.  Haigh described this as a brutal course with significant elevation and wind.  The run section felt like a sauna, reported Haigh.  This is the first full distance abroad Haigh has completed ad the 3rd ironman completed within this year.

Junior news

At the Hyndburn Track and Filed completion junior Frankie Ball (under 13) continues to impress with a second place in the 800m in 2:32:70.

At the Lytham junior parkrun on Sunday Jayden Richardson was first with a new personal best time of 7:40.  Finlay Hughes was 4th in 8:04, Clemmie Tierney achieved another pb in 8:35, closely followed by Oliver Thomson in 8:40.  Billy Breakell and Reef Breakell was 11th and 14th with Reef getting a new pb of 9:12.  Leoma Gill also got a pb of 9:39 and Ella Wiseman ran 10:08.  Blair Selbie finished 25th, Rosa Gill 34th, and Sophie Tate 51st.

Friday, 25 May 2018

LSARRC News 22nd May 2018

Andy Unsworth runs well at the Liverpool marathon.
LSARRC at the Liverpool Marathon
Several runners went to Liverpool on Sunday 20th May for the vibrant and well-organised Rock ‘n’ Roll events, which follow an interesting although sometimes hilly route through the city and its parks before the final stretch along the Mersey. The heat added to the challenge. Russ Chew and Juli Wiseman both ran the half marathon, with Russ finishing in 1:50:11 and Juli beating her personal best with 2:24:44. In the full marathon, Andy Unsworth was delighted to get a time 8 minutes under the good for age time for London, finishing in 55th place out of 3234 competitors with 3:07:18, first back for the club. Neil Tate was 121st in 3:19:44, followed by Tom Howarth in 3:23:17(153rd), Paul Veevers 3:33:36 (278th), and Kirsten Burnett in 4:42:49 (1950th).

Jayden Richardson
On Sunday 20th May it was the junior and mini Manchester Run and the Manchester 10k. At the junior race (2k long) Lytham was represented by Jessica Ramsden, Amara Thorpe and Eric Wrigley.

At the mini race (1500m) we had Jayden Richardson, he won the race in just over 5min, Sebastien Koth-Wragg ran a personal best time, knocking off a minute of last years’ time and Emily Wrigley. Unfortunately, at the time of writing there are no official results confirming times and positions for the juniors.

Senior, Melanie Koth ran the 10k in 44:17, for 557th overall, 4th V40 and 31st lady.  A minute silence was held in memory of last year’s Manchester Arena bombing. Sir Mo Farah ran an impressive race to win the 10K.

Eric Wrigley
Melanie Koth described the hot conditions as unbearable, with a 1pm start the sun was very high and hot. The 1st Kilometre wasn’t too bad as it was in the shade of the city centre until you turned to the dual carriageway leafing to the old Trafford stadium. It felt like running into a high temp oven. Support was great with lots of bands playing on route, but water stations had only warm water available.

Also, on Sunday was the St Anne’s triathlon, 3 Lytham members competed well, Barbara Holmes, Alex Tate and Mike Toft.  Graham Webster, Greg Oulton, and Gavin Stanfield helped marshal the event.

As usual several club runners completed parkruns around the country.  At the Lytham parkrun.  Andrew Draper ran the course and managed a personal best time for 1st position.  Joe Greenwood finished 3rd and Catherine Carrdus was the first female.

Full Results:   Andrew Draper 17:13 (1st), Joe Greewood 17:53 (3rd), Catherine Carrdus 19:14 (1st female, 6th overall), Joanna Goorney 20:04 (3rd female, 13th overall), Gill Draper 20:06 (4th female, 4th overall), John Bertenshaw 20:27 (16th), Darran Ames 20:39 (17th), Ross McKelvie 21:10 (20th), Terry Hellings 21:27 (23rd), G Browne 21:49 (27th), Michelle Hook 22:21 (32nd), Morgan Pritchard 22:33 (35th), Kev Murray 22:48 (38th), Mark Hughes 23:13 (39th), Jason Sheridan 23:38 (44th), Neil Tate 23:39 (45th), Susan Hawitt 25:11 (62nd), Stephen Tate 25:41 (74th), Greg Oulton 26:33 (90th), Jacqui Murray 28:15 (113th), Karen Lanigan 29:31 (137th), Ruth Bye 29:55 (145th), Michelle Sheridan 31:00 (165th), and Bob Clough 31:08 (166th).

Rebecca Willetts and the Crissy Field parkrun in 28:43 and the Gill sisters (juniors) Leoma and Rosa completed the Preston parkrun.

At the junior parkrun in Lytham on Sunday Billy Breakell gained a new personal best time of 8:29 for 3rd and Oliver Thomson 8:47 for 7th.  Ella Wiseman ran 9:13 for a new pb and Reef Breakell was 9th with a pb of 9:26 and Blair Selbie finished in 10:02.

Friday, 18 May 2018

LSARRC News15th May 2018

Lytham juniors impress at the Lancashire County Track and Field Championships.
Laura Bremner
The 26th Lancashire County Track and Field Championships took were held at Witton Park, Blackburn over the weekend of the 12th and 13th of May and Lytham were represented by a small, but successful team.  Day one saw Lytham’s under 13 girl Rebecca Fisher reach the final of the 70m hurdles finishing 5th in a competitive race in a time of 13.2s.  Later, on day 1 under 17-woman Laura Bremner ran a season best of 5m 42s finishing 7th in the 1500m.  Rebecca Fisher returned on day 2 to compete in the under 13 girls high jump achieving a personal best height of 1.30m and collecting a bronze medal in the process.  The versatile Rebecca Fisher also competed in the discus and with another huge personal best throw of 19.80m took second place and picked up the silver medal her second pb and second medal of the day.
Frankie Ball

Under 13 boy Frankie Ball set himself the challenge of competing in the 200m, 800m and long jump.  His first race was the heats of the 800m where in the most competitive of the two heats he took second place and qualified comfortably for the final, in a personal best time of 2m 31s.  He went on to finish second in the final running another pb time of 2m 30.6s and picking up a silver medal.  Frankie’s next event was the heats of the 200m where he again qualified comfortably for the final with a time of 29.1s.  Frankie also competed in the long jump qualifying for the final with a personal best jump of 4.21m with his first jump.  Another personal best of 4.55m with his final jump saw Frankie take third place and a bronze medal in only his third ever long jump competition.  After an exhausting day Frankie still managed to finish 4th in the final of the 200m with a time of 28.5s missing out on another medal.
Rebecca Fisher in the final of the hurdles
Greg and Terry supporting at the Lancashire T&F Champs
Several Lytham members completed parkruns at the weekend, around the country.  At the Lytham parkrun Paul Veevers came second in just under 18 minutes.  Lytham ladies secured 2nd, 3rd,4th and 5th spot with Susan Same, Joanna Goorney, Jennifer Hill and Michelle Hook.  Graham Webster was the first in his category VM65-69.

Full Results Lytham parkrun:  Paul Veevers 17:59 (2nd), Susan Same 20:15 (10th), Joanna Goorney 20:17 (11th), Graham Webster 20:46 (14th), Jennifer Hill 20:47 (15th), Michelle Hook 21:22 (19th), James Buckley 21:34 (23rd), Heidi Haigh 26:01 (71st), Stephen Tate 26:06 (72nd), Darran Ames 31:12 (168th), Jacqui Murray 31:14 (169th), Laura Byrne 31:16 (170th), Gillian Oliver 31:16 (171st), Sarah Bagshaw 31:36 (176th), Ruth Bye 31:47 (182nd) and volunteer Kirsten Burnett 53:26 (240th).

Juniors Leoma Gill and Rosa Gill completed the Avenham parkrun in Preston and achieved times of 30:34 and 34:39. Neil Bayntun-Roberts travelled to the Beckenham Place parkrun and came 10th overall in 19:45.  Felicity Wolohan was the 3rd female at the Princes parkrun in Liverpool, she finished in 20:12.

The Beaverbrook’s Blackpool 10k Fun Run took place on Sunday 13th May 2018 at 11am, and the Blackpool Beach 10k.

At the Beaverbrook’s 10k Neil Tate ran 37:54 for 13th place.  Michelle Sheridan managed the course in 67 minutes exactly. Juli Wiseman ran the course in 60:27, Penny Morrison ran 1:07:45.  12-year-old Morgan Pritchard joined some of his senior team mates to take part in the Blackpool 10k fun run and in his first ever 10k ran well to finish 10th.

At the Blackpool 10k beach run Gavin Stansfield ran the course in 40:43 and Jason Sheridan completed the course in 45:16. 
Sunday saw Park View junior parkrun back on its summer course which obviously suited some as several Lytham athletes produced personal bests.  Billy Breakell (4th in 8.25), Oliver Thomson (5th in 8.37), Amara Thorpe (7th in 8.48) and Ella Wiseman (11th in 9.42) all produced personal best performances.  Eric Wrigley (3rd in 8.28) and Clemmie Tierney (6th in 8.46) also represented Lytham well.

A couple of Lytham members travelled to attend a fell race and trail half marathon.

On Friday Greg Oulton travelled to Earby, near Barnoldswick, for the Pinhaw fell race. Five miles with 800 feet of climb. Mainly dry with a few boggy sections Oulton finished in 202nd in 53:23, just a minute slower than last year on tired legs.

On Sunday Greg Oulton travelled up to Sedburgh with Chris Bowker for the Howgills Trail Half Marathon. The toughest race either of them has ever attempted, 13.1 miles up and round The Calf covering road, trail, track, fell, rivers to cross, mud and over 3300 feet to climb. Oulton commented that it was the most scenic race he’s ever entered, even out doing Coniston. Chris finished 78th in 3:01:07 and Greg finished in 148th in 3:38:53

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

LSARRC News 8th May 2018

Lytham impress at the Avenham Park Fun Run and 5K on Bank Holiday Monday and gold for Rebecca Fisher at Trafford.  Lytham ladies clinch first spot at the second inter- club series.
LSARRC at Avenham Park Fun Run and 5k
The Avenham Park Fun Run and 5k held on bank holiday Monday were the final races in the Lytham St Anne’s RRC junior championship, with many categories still undecided Lytham juniors were out in force. The Fun Run was the first event, and, on the hottest day of the year, 12 Lytham juniors were on the start line. First home for Lytham was under 11 boy Finlay Hughes, just out sprinting his team mate Eric Wrigley to finish 3rd and 4th respectively with identical times of 4m 44s. Next home with a time of 5m 02s for 5th place and clinching the Lytham under 11 girl’s championships was Clemmie Tierney. Lytham also filled the next 3 places with Amara Thorpe finishing 6th in 5m 09s, Billy Breakell 7th in 5m 7s and Reef Breakell 8th in 5m 25s. Also representing Lytham and finishing 11th, 12th and 13th were Ella Wiseman (5m34s), Jessica Ramsden (5m 38s) and Leoma Gill (5m 42s). Under 9s Sebastien Koth-Wragg ( 6m 38s, 33rd) and Freya Thorpe (6m 43s, 35th) were the final two junior Lytham athletes home.
Start of Avenham Park Fun Run
Five Lytham juniors lined up for the 5k and on an undulating course under 13 girl Sophie Bohannon ran exceptionally well to finish in 29th place and first junior with an excellent time of 20m 53s. Not far behind was under 13 boy Charlie Ormerod with a time of 21m 05s for 31st place with team mate Morgan Pritchard 43rd in 22m 01s. Under 17 girl Laura Bremner was next home for Lytham and ran well to finish 52nd in 22m 33s. Francis Ball, struggling with an injury finished 64th in 23.26 and under 17 girl Lucie Bohannon 134th in 27.37. Sophie Bohannon and Laura Bremner along with senior woman Mel Koth won the women’s team prize.
LSARRC Juniors at Avenham Park Fun Run
First senior home was Ross McKelvie in under 20 minutes for 19th place and Graham Webster was the 1st in his age group, V65 in an impressive 21:12 for 34th overall.  Melanie Koth was the 5th lady in a time of 22:31.
LSARRC Juniors at Avenham Park Fun Run
Full results for the seniors at the 5K were as follows:  19- Ross mckelvie- 19:52,
29-Sophie Bohannon - 20:53 - 1st JNR girl, 31-Charlie Ormerod - 21:05 - 1st JNR boy, 34- Graham Webster - 21:12- 1stv65, 43- Morgan Pritchard - 22:03- 3rd JNR boy, 50- melanie Koth- 22:31 - 5th lady-1st v40,52-Laura Bremner- 22:33- 2 nd JNR girl, 53- Mark Hughes- 22:34- 9th v40, 64- Francis ball- 23:27- 5th JNR boy, 101- Kirsten Burnett- 25:30- 14th lady 3rdv45, 134- Lucy Bohannon - 27:40 4th JNR girl, 192- Sarah Gill- 32:05 68th lady - 12thv 35 and193- mark Gill- 32:06 16thv50.

It was also a good Bank Holiday Monday for junior Rebecca Fisher who got discus gold with a new personal best of 18.39 m, a new personal best for 70 m hurdles 13.30s and 1.25 high jump, at the open medal meeting at Trafford.
Start of LSARRC Inter Club

Heidi Haigh
Earlier in the week at Thursday's inter club race Lytham had 40 runners on the night, plus numerous helpers to facilitate almost 360 guest runners.  From April to September, the club competes in the local Inter Club Series. Approximately once a month, a different club in the league organises a race between 4 and 5 miles. The hosting club provides a buffet after the race, during which preliminary results are usually announced. The races are for everyone, and guests are allowed, and they are run in a competitive but friendly spirit.  There is no entry fee, you just turn up and run with a club vest on. At the finish you are given a ticket to complete which has your overall finishing place on the day on it. You fill it in and place it in the tray / box that will be marked for LSARRC or Lytham. There are team and individual prizes which are presented after the first race the following year, usually Blackpool.
Andy Draper followed by Joe Greenwood
There are six team categories. An Open with 10 to count; Women with 5 to count; Slightly Older Women (FV40) with 5 to count; Veterans (FV35, M40) with 6 to count; Vet 50 with 4 to count and Vet 60 with 3 to count.  Minimum age to run is 15 on race day.
LSARRC time keepers at the finish
Melanie Koth ran a 14sec PB and it was her fastest run in 3 years, at the second inter club race of the year.  She was 4th FV40.  Andrew Draper, Joe Greenwood and Karl Lee were the first 3 home for Lytham in 6th, 7th and 8th position.  Catherine Carrdus was the first female V40, and 2nd lady overall.  The ladies also secured 4th, 5th and 6th, with Liz Abbott, Joanna Goorney and Gill Draper, respectively.  Graham Webster ran well and was the first MV65, overall.  The men’s team came second and the ladies team clinched first place.

Tail runners and marshalls
Julie Wiseman
On Saturday Chris Bowker and Greg Oulton ran the Lakeland Trails Stavely 17k. In blistering heat, it was 11.25 miles on the trails with approx. 1500 feet of climb. Very dry under foot with the odd damp patch and only 100 yards of shade in total it was a tough race, Bowker finishing in about 2:05 and Oulton finishing in about 2:10

At the Lytham park run on Saturday, good running conditions resulted in several personal best times for Lytham members.  Joe Greenwood was first home for the club, coming second overall with Andrew Draper close behind in third.  Catherine Carrdus was the second female to finish and 10th overall.

Full Results:  Joe Greenwood 17:15 (2nd, new pb), Andrew Draper 17:20 (3rd, new pb), Neil Tate 18:19 (5th), Catherine Carrdus 18:53 (10th, 2nd female), Joanna Goorney 19:56 (16th), Gill Draper 20:00 (17th, new pb), John Bertenshawe 20:24 (18th), Graham Webster 20:28 (21st), Darran Ames 20:44 (24th, new pb), Jennifer Hill 20:47 (25th), James Buckley 21:20 (31st), Michelle Hook 21:23 (32nd), Terry Hellings 21:30 (33rd), Kev Murray 21:56 (40th), G Browne 22:00 (41st), Finlay Hughes 24:37 (73rd), Mark Hughes 24:40 (76th), Susan Hawitt 25:07 (82nd), Amara Thorpe 25:18 (85th), Stephen Tate 26:35 (103rd), Julie Wiseman 28:07(135th), Robert Parker 30:04 (173rd), Gillian Oliver 30:36 (185th), Graham Young 30:50 (190th), Sarah Bagshaw 31:46 (204th), and Penny Morrison 33:42 (221st).

Other Lytham members completed parkruns across the country.  Richard Storey ran 22:33 at the Hagley parkrun for 50th position.  At the Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge Jason Sheridan and Michelle Sheridan completed the course in 28:07 and 33:05, respectively.  A beautiful course, hills, cross country and trail.

Heidi Haigh of Lytham completed the Blackpool parkrun in 23:30 for 2nd female spot.

At the junior parkrun on Sunday at Park View, Lytham Jayden Richardson was first home with a new personal best time of 7:56 for 2nd.  Eric Wrigley was 3rd in 8:06 followed by Finlay Hughes in 8:11 for 4th.  Clemmie Tierney managed 8:45 for 8th, which was a new personal best.  Oliver Thomson ran 8:53 which was his first parkrun and Morgan Pritchard ran the course in 11:15.

Also, on Sunday Felicity Wolohan ran the Liverpool Spring 10km. The new course starts in the city by the Catholic Cathedral and takes the runners out of the city past the Anglican Cathedral, through Princes Park and then into and around Sefton Park where the race finishes.  Returning from injury, Wolohan ran 43.31 and was the 13th female.

On Sunday Greg Oulton went off to Accrington to run the Great Hameldon fell race. Big mistake - it was almost as hot as Saturday, and with tired legs and tender big toes Oulton was 18 minutes down on his course pb. But it was a great race, Oulton only got stuck in a bog up to my knees once, and with several streams and mud patches to negotiate he made use of the cold water to cool himself down.

Joanna Goorney ran the Wray Caton Moor Fell Race  on Bank Holiday Monday.  Held as part of the annual Scarecrow Festival in Wray, the race heads out of the village and up onto Caton Moor with 1099 feet of ascent in the 6.8-mile course.  Goorney was just over an hour and finished 4th lady and 1st FV45.  Although it was baking hot, surprisingly the top section of the course was more wet and boggy.

Friday, 4 May 2018

LSARRC News 1st May 2018

Even more marathon running for Lytham at the Stirling Marathon, resulting in personal bests for Jacqui Murray and Laura Byrne. Neil Tate puts on the fantastic Green Drive Mile event for #jacobsjoin raising over £1500 for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Lytham Hall parkrun was a sea of green as LSARRC take over.

First summer handicap run of 2018
This week saw the first handicap run of the season on Thursday 26th April.A rather windy, chilly night which certainly wasn't conducive to fast times however in spite of this, guest runner Liz Abbott was first home in 28:33, the fourth fastest time for a lady ever, a fantastic run for her first ever attempt at course. Heidi Haigh also joins the all time leader board for the ladies with her 33:10, also her first run on the course.

Jonathon Tuck was just 8 seconds shy of making the men's leader board. There were also PBs for Adrian Sargent, Darran Ames and Sarah Bagshaw. Well done all.

With the weekend upon us, there was the usual attendance at a number of parkruns, however the majority decended to Lytham Hall for the LSARRC takeover week. While the most of the volunteering posts were filled by Lytham members there was still 19 runners out of 253 who took part in event number 117 on Saturday 28th April, including 5 pacers, on a cool, still but beautifully sunny morning. First home for the club, and overall, was Alex Tate in followed by Lytham’s first lady home Catherine Carrdus. Paul Veevers, the 21:00 pacer for the event was Lythams second male home with John Bertenshaw hot on his heels only a few seconds later. Michelle Hook and Jen Hill made up the second and third ladies home. This was followed by running a final 0.6 miles to total 3.7 miles, in memory of London Marathoner Matt Campbell who sadly died 3.7 miles from the finish line.

parkrun results: Alex Tate 18:26 (1st), Catherine Carrdus 19:12 (6th), 21 minute pacer Paul Veevers 20:36 (9th), John Bertenshaw 20:39 (13th), Michelle Hook 21:20 (19th), Jen Hill 22:15 (28th), Kev Murray 22:44 (33rd), 23 minute pacer Graham Webster 23:01 (37th), Eric Wrigley 24:27 (51st), Ross McKelvie 24:27 (52nd), 25 minute pacer Terry Hellings 24:52 (59th), Kirsten Burnett 25:33 (71st), Stephen Tate 26:36 (87th), Karen Lanigan 29:47 (    152nd), Pamela Binns 30:34 (169th), Robert Parker 30:55 (177th), Bob Clough 31:45 (188th), Sarah Bagshaw 32:03 (193) and Michelle Sheridan 50:23 (253rd).

Ross McKelvie and Jen Hill

Joanna Goorney travelled to Huddersfield parkrun finishing in 29th place in 20:09, and Neil Bayntun-Roberts ran the Beckton parkrun finishing in 5th place in 21:08.

Saturday afternoon saw 2 of our parkrunners attend Bay Gateaway 10k in Lancaster on pacing duties. The course was described by Jen Hill as fairly challenging with two sharp inclines and one long steady climb that was fully exposed to the wind. Ross McKelvie donned the 45 minute pacer t-shirt with Jen on 50 minute duty. Both ran a great race with Ross finishing in 44:38 and Jen in 49:05 respectively. Also following their parkrun, representing Lytham at the Wray Scarecrow 10k were the Sheridan team, Michelle & Jason. Described by Michelle as ‘hot and hilly’, Jason was first Lytham runner over the line finishing the tough course in 54:55, with Michelle following in 1:08:48. Well done!

Laura Byrne and Jacqui Murray

On Sunday 29th April it was an early start for two Lytham laides as Laura Byrne and Jacqui Murray tackled the Stirling Marathon. Amazingly, on what was a challenging and hilly course, with Laura threatening to divorce her ‘running wife’,  they both came away with marathon PBs; Jacqui completed the course in a fantastic 4:32:51 and Laura achieved her first sub-5 hour marathon target in 4:55:12. Fantastic effort ladies.

Locally, it was junion parkrun on a lovely sunny Sunday morning. 5 Lytham juniors took part in event number 62, with Frankie Ball coming 3rd overall in 7:49, closely followed by Eric Wrigley in 8:04 (5th), Jayden Richardson 8:08 (6th), Ella Wiseman 9:53 (22nd) and Blair Selbie 10:14 (27th).

Also on Sunday the local running community came together to raise money for a former LSARRC member's son, Jacob who has recently been diagnosed with cancer .  Event was organised by Neil Tate and was held at Green Drive, Lytham, and saw over 100 runners including various club members running laps of the Green Drive mile, donating £1 a mile for royal Manchester Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald house. An incredible £1500 was raised for the cause and the atmosphere was electric from runners and supporters, with Neil himself running a full marathon of Green Drive laps. Well done to all who attended, ran, supported and especially donated.

Mid Lancs Track and Field 28/4/18
Amara Thorpe
 Lytham St Annes RRC juniors were well represented at the latest Mid Lancs. Track and Field meeting held at UCLAN, Preston on 28th April with six athletes competing over eleven events with 7 pb performances.  Under 13 girl Amara Thorpe was first on the track for Lytham finishing 3rd in her heat of the 100m in a pb time of 15.4s and picking up four points for the club.  Amara also competed in the long jump achieving another pb with a best jump of 3.24m.

Under 13 girl Sophie Bohannon was next on the track for Lytham in a very competitive 800m.  Sophie set off very quickly and held on to finish with a time of 2m 36.7s for 3rd place and 5 points.

Frankie Ball
Two Under 13 boys represented Lytham and first of those was Frankie Ball in the 800m.  Despite his inexperience and in only his second race over the distance he ran a good tactical race using his excellent speed to move from third to first in the home straight to win by 2 seconds in a pb time of 2m 31.6s picking up 7 points for the club.  Frankie’s next event was the long jump and in his first ever long jump competition did excellently with a best jump of 4.17m for 3rd place overall but 1st in division 2 for a further 7 points.  Finally Frankie lined up for the 200m and, despite feeling his earlier efforts in the last few metres, held on in a very close finish for first place in 28.8s (his third pb of the day) and earning a further 7 points.

Morgan Pritchard chose the 1500m and with his usual fast finish took 3rd place in division 2 in a time of 5m 35.2s for 4 points.  Morgan also tackled the 200m and ran a pb of 31.5s for 2nd place in division and 5 points.

Brogan Murphy
Under 15 girl Brogan Murphy’s first event was the long jump where she jumped a pb of 3.29m for 3rd place in division 2 and 4 points.  Brogane also competed in the 1500m achieving another pb of 5m 41.5s gaining a further 4 points for 3rd place in division 2.

Final athlete representing Lytham was under 17 Laura Bremner in the 1500m finishing in 5m 51.3s for 2nd place in division2 earning 5 points.